Conductor developments at RSNO

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra in Scotland, has begun its search for a new Assistant Conductor and announced that Stéphane Denève will extend his tenure as Music Director to the end of the Orchestra’s 2011-12 Season.

The RSNO is inviting applications from potential candidates from around the world for the position of Assistant Conductor.  The new Assistant Conductor will gain three years’ work with one of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras. As well as extensive concert and rehearsal opportunities, he or she will benefit from the guidance of RSNO Music Director Stéphane Denève, as well as guest conductors and player-mentors in the Orchestra.  Denève's contract as Music Director has just been extended for one further year, to summer 2012, to reflect the conductor’s great personal commitment to the RSNO.

The appointed Assistant Conductor will play an active role in education, working to engage audiences, communities and musicians in training throughout Scotland, and will serve as primary conductor for all educational and children’s programming.

30-year-old Austrian David Danzmayr, the first person to bear the title RSNO Assistant Conductor, gives it up this year. He says "My three years with the RSNO have been an exhilarating experience, a great learning opportunity and a very rewarding musical journey. Working for this organisation is very much being a part of the great RSNO family… this is most certainly one of the best early positions a young conductor can have in Europe."

As RSNO Chief Executive Simon Woods remarks, those early positions "are few and far between. The RSNO’s Assistant Conductor position has already been proven to offer valuable experience and we are proud to be able to provide that necessary experience of working with a top-level professional orchestra."